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Tom Hingley in Otley

Tom Hingley
The Rookery Bar & Venue, Otley
Friday 16th September 2022

The Inspiral Carpets ‘glory days’ front man brings you his own heartfelt blues inspired songs mixed with all the Inspirals classics. Hingley was born in Abingdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and moved to Oldham in 1984 to study English at Manchester Polytechnic. He formed a band called Too Much Texas, and got a job collecting glasses at The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester.

He joined Inspiral Carpets as lead vocalist in 1989 (future Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher also auditioned, but was not chosen). After six successful years, Inspiral Carpets split in 1995 and Hingley started performing as a solo artist, releasing Keep Britain Untidy (2000) and Soulfire (2002), released on his own label Newmemorabilia Records. In 2001 Hingley formed the band The Lovers with Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley, both former members of The Fall, and Jason Brown and Kelly Wood. The Lovers' first album, Abba Are The Enemy, was released in 2004. In 2002/2003 Hingley joined a reformed Inspiral Carpets for two sell-out UK tours and again in 2006/2007.

His second album with the Lovers, Highlights, was released in March 2008. In August 2009 Hingley played the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool. In 2009 Hingley released a new solo acoustic record on Newmemorabilia Records called Thames Valley Delta Blues, a kind of follow up to the earlier, much-acclaimed Keep Britain Untidy. The release of ‘Sand‘ an acoustic album that starts with a heartbeat… and ends with a string quartet followed by the release of ‘Paper‘ an electric guitar powered album. Tom's back catalogue goes from strength to strength.

His book 'Carpet Burns' is also definitely worth a read.


Only 80 tickets are available for this gig.

For those who haven't been to The Rookery yet, just imagine the Act is performing in your living room, you won't be far off... Up close and intimate, like no where you've ever been before.

Please note... the venue is upstairs .

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